Thursday, October 06, 2005

Mayor Rocky Anderson's Taliban Roundup

Deseret News: "The Taliban, as we recall, was not a cabal of disgruntled newspaper editors but was made up of political leaders who could not abide dissent." Standard Examiner: "Unlike the alcohol-purchasing policy he assumed, wrongly, to be the hallmark of a hayseed city, we're certain the mayors of Portland, Denver, San Jose and Las Vegas who embrace those policies don't court international attention by mocking their own cities." The State of The Beehive: "Why would anybody call somebody who was not the Taliban, 'the Taliban'? I mean, really." City Weekly's Frost Bytes: "Add Mayor Sparky to the list of Americans whose genius is more appreciated in Britain than stateside." Utahania: "Would the Taliban portion be the obnoxious street preachers or someone else?" Utahania: "I suppose Portland, Denver and Las Vegas are live under the Taliban too because you can't buy alcohol for visitors using city funds there either." MangledCat: "I'd not be going too far out on a limb to guess that Rocky's comments to the Gaurdian were anything but a light-hearted joke."


Blogger Charley Foster said...

Maybe I'm wrong but, isn't Rocky opposed to smoking in clubs and restaurants? By his loose, social libertarian definition of Taliban, wouldn't that make HIM the Taliban?

10/06/2005 07:50:00 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

You can't deny that certain state legislators, if they had their way, would outlaw everything they saw as contrary to their religious beliefs. Hell, even Gayle Ruzicka has publicly stated that she sees no reason to NOT legislate morality. I don't think that the analogy - particularly when its delivered in a light-hearted tone - is that out of whack.

Everyone has been using the no-alcohol policy issues as the genesis of Rocky's Taliban statement. But it was quoted in the Guardian article, which was about the American phenomenon of liberal urban areas in red states.

Man, I cannot believe how much everyone has their panties in a bunch about this. Maybe we should all have a cocktail and chill out a bit.

10/06/2005 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger Ethan said...

A cocktail by which you mean a Sprite, right?

10/06/2005 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Yeah, Diet Coke w/Lime, it's all good. All I ask is that someone with a membership sponsors me.

10/06/2005 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger pramahaphil said...

Shawn I've read you standing for Anderson over and over again. I find it quite hypocritical of you, I'm sure a compassionate Democrat to stand up for a man who has made bigoted comments many times.

I'm sure you were up in arms when you heard Bill Bennett's abortion comments, but this is somehow different.

10/06/2005 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Jones said...

So They Might be Giants were wrong, you really can shake hands with the devil and say you were only kidding, or, in this case "speaking with a light-hearted tone"

10/06/2005 02:51:00 PM  
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